An architectural detail study of the Nave of Southwark Cathedral in London, England. Southwark Cathedral is London’s oldest gothic church, rebuilt in 1212 after a fire severely damaged the Norman church. The site has been a place of worship for 1,400 years. After its beginnings as a Saxon convent in the early 7th century, it became the Priory of St Mary for Augustinian canons in 1106. The canons established the famous hospital of St Thomas that relocated to Lambeth in the 19th century. After the dissolution of the monastery in 1539, the Priory church became the Parish Church of St Savior, in the Diocese of Winchester. In 1905 it became a cathedral with its own diocese, to serve the spiritual and material needs of Southern London’s growing population.
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